Rain Rejoices Over The Emirates Old Trafford
Heavy overnight rain and more rain throughout the day prevented any play on day four of the third and final Test, between England and West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford. The pivotal Test match will now be decided on the last day. England needs a win to regain the Wisden Trophy before it is renamed after the current series.
Secondly, today’s washout means England will now need to take eight wickets on the game’s final day to win the Test and series. This, should the rain subside long enough for the covers to come off.
This all means that the West Indies remain stranded at 10-2. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope are at the crease. They are chasing an unlikely 399 to win their first series in England for over three decades.
When play does resume, England bowler, and a current hot favourite for the Man of the Match award, Stuart Broad, will be one wicket away from becoming only the second Englishman alongside teammate James Anderson to reach 500 Test wickets.
This would be a phenomenal achievement for Stuart Broad. He would become only the fourth seamer to reach the landmark. Ahead of him are James Anderson, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh.
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Elsewhere, Somerset and Gloucestershire played out day two of their four day friendly at Taunton. The hosts closing on 83-1 in response to Gloucester’s 273 all out.
In other county news, both Surrey and Warwickshire have been permitted to allow up to 2,500 spectators to watch the first two days of their opening Bob Willis Trophy fixtures. The allocation will be decided via applications from each counties subscribed members.
Lastly, Middlesex’s trip to The Oval and Northamptonshire’s visit to Edgbaston have both been chosen for the expanded capacity trials. In the next phase of the pilot scheme to test government guidance on the return of fans to professional sports arenas.
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